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21. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

Hi again,
Have also a look at Amazon offers.
The have many good deals.I ordered one of the the Olympus E 520 kit and a 70-300 lens.I like that this 520 has the Body IS,very importend by shooting with tele and in low light conditions. The 4/3 system is also a plus because you dont need the much more expensiv and havyer lenses with IS
I ordered my new toy at Amazon because the price was good also,and for me living in the caribbean the shipment is a big problem from E-bay sellers from the US.

My dream camera (right now)still is the Olympus E 3,but I made up my mind and decided that I will spend the $$$ on a ticket to Ecuador..............
and just 3 weeks ago I let my Nikon coolpix 8800 drop to a concret floor,now I have to switch it off after 1 shot and switch on for the next,so I can use it only for still shots,replace the electronic system would cost me as much what I paid for

22. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 67 posts) 8y

I'm not an expert but I purchased a Pentax K100D about 1 1/2 years ago.. and I love it.. still learning how to use all the features. Got a package deal with the body, standard 18-55 lens and a 50-200 zoom.. Love it.

I can't go into specifics, as I said I'm not an expert, but since I have had it, I've taken some great photos (in my opinion).

Good luck with whatever DSLR you decide to purchase

I should say, my first real camera, purchased may 20-25 years ago, was a Pentax K1000.. totally manual.. not it's history (even though I still have it and the case and the original lenses). My first next was a small Olymus something or other.. my first Digital was an Olympus.. nice but a point and shoot.. and I read all sorts of reviews and spent several years trying to decide if I should spend the money on an SLR.. and finally did.. and went back to Pentax..

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 8, 2008, at 2:03 PM by Sunniebgi ]

23. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Finally ordered my camera today, so just wanted to say thanks to EVERYONE for all their advice and suggestions.

Thanks guys!

24. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting samsara2

Finally ordered my camera today...

So, which one are you getting?

25. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Nikon D300 with 18-200mm lens and a 70-300mm telephoto lens.

26. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 8y

Quoting samsara2

Nikon D300 with 18-200mm lens and a 70-300mm telephoto lens.

Good kit. I would also suggest a SB-600 or SB-800 flash, a couple of cheap tripods or stands (I used to ducktape dollar store broom sticks to 2 $20 plastic tripods for reflector/background/flash stands). You'll need it for portraits and still life work. The nice thing about using cheap tripods is they come with tilting heads and height adjustments. The 2 flashes I mentioned have a remote "commander mode" that allows you to control your lightsource. I have all kinds of ideas on how to make DIY studio equipment on the cheap. Had to learn all that when things started to get really expensive. :-)

And a copy of photoshop and ACDSee (or other photo viewer/ organization software) would probably help as well.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 17, 2008, at 7:55 AM by Q' ]

27. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Thanks Q! Got a tripod and a decent bag for carrying the whole lot. Didnt invest in any flashes yet or Photoshop yet, but as I get into it, they will be on the shopping list for sure.

It's an expensive hobby to have, but I'm really hoping it's going to be worth every penny :)

Might pick your brains from time to time on certain things if that's okay?

28. Posted by StephenJen (Respected Member 37 posts) 8y

I use Pentax k100D and love it to death. You can get higher resolution cameras now that probably take a clearer shot but my husband and i are both very happy with our Pentax k100D's as we know them well enough to take the shots that we want as we see them in our heads!

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 1, 2008, at 5:19 AM by StephenJen ]